cinch

Something that's a cinch is incredibly easy. It's a cinch to eat a meticulously decorated cake — it's much more complicated to bake and frost one.

Cinch is one of those words with many meanings that seem unrelated at first glance. The original 19th century North American definition, which is still used today, is "saddle girth," the straps that keep a horse's saddle in place. As a verb, cinch means "to pull tight," the way you'd cinch a belt. Informally, to cinch is to make absolutely certain: "It'll cinch her college decision if that school offers a scholarship."

Definitions of cinch
  1. noun
    stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
    synonyms: girth
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    type of:
    saddlery, stable gear, tack
    gear for a horse
  2. verb
    tie a cinch around
    cinch horses”
    synonyms: girth
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  3. verb
    get a grip on; get mastery of
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    type of:
    control, master
    have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
  4. verb
    make sure of
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    type of:
    ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
  5. noun
    any undertaking that is easy to do
    synonyms: breeze, child's play, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, snap, walkover
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    types:
    doddle
    an easy task
    type of:
    labor, project, task, undertaking
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  6. noun
    a form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps
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    type of:
    all fours, high-low-jack
    card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
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